(formerly Somerton Methodist Church and Somerton United Reformed Church)
West Street Church opens it doors
On September 27th 2015, in Somerton, West Street Church officially opened its doors for the first time, following the adoption of the new name for the joint venture between the Methodist and United Reformed churches in the town.
A working group with three members from each participant church looked at various aspects of the merger for over 12 months and on May 7th the church meetings adopted a resolution to 'proceed towards full union between Somerton Methodist Church and Somerton United Reformed Church in the Methodist Church building but under a new name.'
On Saturday, 26th September a well-attended joint congregational meeting decided unanimously that the Church should be called 'West Street Church' with an added tag line 'Methodist/United Reformed' to appear on official documents to indicate its tradition and heritage. The name was chosen from a list of over 30 submitted by members of the church community. West Street Church meets weekly on Sundays at 10.30am in the recently refurbished Methodist premises in West Street.
Working group chair, David Huggett, said. 'Now we have agreed a name and are worshipping together as one church, we can move rapidly forward with the legal process of a more formal union as a Local Ecumenical Partnership, and our intention is that the process will be completed by Pentecost next year.'